Knowing the House did not have the votes to pass the legislation, and not wanting to take a direct hit for its defeat, Donald Trump requested the bill to be pulled before a vote could be taken in the House.
The Republican plan sought to cut out ten essential health benefits provided in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Included in those essential items are maternity, prescriptions drugs, emergency services, Lab service, pediatric services, substance abuse and mental health. The plan would have also scrapped the individual mandate, allowing insurers to charge higher premiums if their coverage lapsed for any reason.
What next? First on the agenda will be finding a scapegoat to take the blame for the failure. Paul Ryan is the likely fall guy, though it will be seen as a failure for the Trump Administration as well. One official close to Trump said he is furious over the outcome, and he doesn’t plan to take the blame.
Some sources have said Trump also blames his staff for encouraging him to back the beleaguered plan in the first place.